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Environment ministry ease norms for seismic surveys
May 10: In what has been seen as a major relaxation, the environment ministry has eased the norms for exemption in seeking permission from the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 for seismic surveys.
8This easing has happened after intense lobbying by the petroleum ministry.
8The government has embarked on a massive seismic survey spree to identify fresh deposits of hydrocarbons in unexplored sedimentary basins around India
8Both OIL and ONGC had sought relief from the stringent guidelines inscribed under the Forest Act in order to conduct these surveys on behalf of the government in a time bound manner.
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